This New Year’s Eve Charcuterie Board is an elegant charcuterie board that’s perfect for any party! Made with a variety of cheeses, meat, crackers, fruits, spreads, nuts, and as well as a fun sweet addition.
Whether you’re getting together with a large or small group to ring in the new year, you will most definitely be needing some delicious New Year’s Eve appetizers and snacks. A well-assembled cheese plate is an approachable and irresistible appetizer for your guests to enjoy. Here I outline all of the details to build the easy charcuterie board shown and tips for success!
TELL ME ABOUT THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE CHARCUTERIE BOARD
Level of difficulty: Easy. Putting together a beautiful cheese board requires some cutting, and arranging, but nothing you can’t handle!
Time: Giving yourself 20-30 minutes to prep your board will ensure you do not feel rushed, and will give you enough time to artfully arrange all of your ingredients onto your cheese platter.
The best cheese boards have a variety of cheeses (I recommend at least 2-3), crackers (I recommend at least 2 kinds), cured meats (if you are not making a vegetarian cheese board), and several sweet and savory accompaniments with a variety of textures for your guests to mix and match and enjoy together. Below outlines what you’ll need to add to your charcuterie board shopping list to make the exact board shown in the photos.
Cheese (all by Burnett Dairy, one of my favorite Wisconsin cheese makers)
- Wood River Creamery Original Cheddar Gruyere
- Wood River Creamery Black Truffle Cheddar Gruyere
- Cady Creek Farms Rosemary Gouda
- Pomegranate Seeds (sometimes referred to as Pomegranate Arils)
- Fresh Raspberries
- Dried Cherries
- Carr’s Whole Wheat Crackers
- Crunchmaster Crackers Rosemary Tuscan Peasant Crackers
- Lightly Salted Almonds
- Cherry Preserves
- Fresh Rosemary
Making it extra for NYE
- Ferrero Rocher chocolate-hazelnut treats
OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE A CHARCUTERIE BOARD
- Select your serving tray or board. Optionally, line it with parchment paper (I like to do this for easier clean up, and to reduce the likelihood of staining wooden boards).
- Add cheese. Cut cheeses and place across multiple sections of your board, leaving room to fill in between cheeses with other board items
- Add meat. Make salami roses (here is a tutorial), or fold slices neatly, and place in multiple sections of the board
- Add bowls for dips / small items. Add bowls for the preserves, honey, and pomegranate arils and fill designated ingredients
- Add crackers. Stack crackers in various sections of the board. As you can see in the photos, I placed the crackers in multiple positions for visual interest.
- Add ‘extra’ chocolates. Distribute the Ferrero Rocher treats throughout the board.
- Fill in with nuts, dried fruits, and fresh fruits. Cover the rest of your board with remaining ingredients. The goal is to completely cover your tray!
CHARCUTERIE BOARD ACCESSORIES
While you can create a lovely cheese platter without special trays, boards, or other accessories, having a few of these items can elevate your cheese board experience. Below is a list of simple charcuterie board items to add to your entertaining line-up:
- Wooden charcuterie board – these come in a variety of shapes and sizes, select a board that you find beautiful! You can see a few examples here, or here. There are also a lot of lovely marble & wood boards like this one
- Cheese knives – great to have out for guests to use to cut cheese and meats into smaller pieces, or use to spread dips. There are lots of great sets like these or these
- Small bowls – for serving spreads and dips, nuts, pickles, and more! I have a mix of upcycled jars that I’ve saved from various products, and small bowls similar to these
PARTY TIP: HAVE EXTRA INGREDIENTS READY TO REPLENISH YOUR BOARD
Having extra crackers, nuts, salami, chocolates, fruit, and more cheese blocks on hand will allow you to easily refill your charcuterie board as ingredients get eaten up throughout your event.
Cut the cheeses into different shapes for visual interest! Not only does cutting your cheese into various shapes make for a beautiful board, it can also help your guests tell the cheeses apart.
Want to make this vegetarian cheese board? Skip the salami. You can easily make this into a vegetarian appetizer by removing the salami on this board and filling in the open space with additional cheese, crackers, nuts, and spreads!
Have a small group or want to make this into an easy charcuterie board for two? Select a smaller serving board and fill it in with a reduced amount of each item. We love doing at home date nights with fancy cheese boards, and the ingredients outlined in this post would be great for a small cheese plate.
Finding these cheeses. If you live in the lower 48 in the USA, you can order all of the cheeses outlined in this post online! You can also look here to see if it is sold in a store near you.
Alternate cheeses for this NYE cheese board. Don’t want to order online or can’t find these in a store near you? Other cheeses that would be delicious on this charcuterie board, and are likely in your local grocery store, include: gruyere, gouda, brie, aged cheddar, or goat cheese.
DRINK PAIRINGS FOR THIS BOARD
Pair this New Years Eve cheese board with your favorite bubbly beverage – champagne, sparkling wine, or your favorite non-alcoholic sparkling drink. If you’d like to pair this with a cocktail, try a Classic French 75 or Cranberry Mimosa.
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